The Racer 130 FPV Racing Drone: Full and Complete Review

The Racer 130 FPV Racing Drone: Full and Complete Review

Posted by Skynex Global Drones on 2017 May 3rd
If you're considering buying an FPV racing drone, are serious about getting a good drone, and have a decent budget to invest towards this increasingly popular hobby that is drone flying and racing, we suggest you consider the Racer 130 FPV quadcopter racing drone as part of your potential options. Aside from its in-flight high speed, agility, and excellent responsiveness, we've included this rare find that is the Racer 130 FPV racing drone as part of our online selection of top hobby/racing drones because it truly offers a lot more than meets the eye. It is reliable, durable, easy to maintain, and additional parts and components, either for repair or customization, are readily available. The drone frame of the Racer 130 provides ample protection to its "internal organs", namely its quality, high-performance drone racing motors. Its default battery is of great quality, and its overall performance is applauded by the most avid drone hobbyists. 

RACER 130 DRONE FRAME

What makes the Racer 130 racing drone's frame is its ultra-light weight (120g), compact (123 mm x 108 mm x 23 mm) full carbon fibre "H" shaped quadcopter drone racing frame configuration, with a double layer centre body. Quadcopter frames are the norm in the consumer drone industry, with the corollary result that most drone parts and components are made with a quadcopter drone frame design in mind. The is advantageous not only in terms of performing maintenance and repairs, but also for anyone wanting to customize their Racer 130, which is an entirely new hobby in itself. 
Quadcopter drone frames can further be configured as an "H" shape, an "X" shape, or a hybrid "X" or "H" shape, with advantages and disadvantages accruing from each design. For itself, the makers of the Racer 130 adopted a true "H" quadcopter drone racing frame configuration. As depicted in the images immediately above, the advantage of an "H" quadcopter drone racing frame configuration is a larger centre body space to affix high-performance drone racing components. It also allows the FPV HD camera to be placed directly at the nose of the drone, for a better viewing angle, and arguably a more dynamic, immersive 3D augmented/virtual reality drone racing experience. In true "X" shaped configured drone frames, the drone's firmware tends to be stacked one on top of the other, with the FPV camera stacked at the very top. 
A further advantage of the Racer 130's "H" shaped quadcopter drone racing frame configuration is that the distance between the front and rear propulsion systems, consisting of motors and propellers, is greater than it otherwise would have been with a true "X" drone racing frame configuration. This allows the rear propellers to feed off their own fresh airflow, rather than the turbulent recycled air flow projected from the front propellers. This arguably leads to more in-flight traction, greater stability, and faster speeds. 
As a final feature regarding the Racer 130's quadcopter drone racing frame, the centre body is composed of two spacious, superimposed carbon fibre plate. The second top plate offers protection to critical drone parts and components affixed to on top of the first plate, and also offers extra space to affix additional parts and components on top, such as an extra HD camera, or battery, allowing for additional room for customizing the Racer 130. 

RACER 130 HD FPV DRONE CAMERA

As discussed immediately above, an "H" frame allows the FPV HD drone camera to be placed directly at the nose of the drone, often for a better viewing angle, and a more immersive, dynamic, 3D augmented/virtual reality experience. The Racer 130 is no exception. Its adjustable (0 to 12°) camera, a wide angle 720P, 30 frames-per-second 700TVL camera with 640 x 480 resolution and 130° field of view, is placed directly at its nose, well-protected in its camera casing located between the bottom and top plate. Images are transmitted in real-time/live using advanced 5.8G 40 channel image transmission technology, with little to no latency for a dynamic, immersive 3D augmented virtual reality, first-person-view experience.  

PROPULSION SYSTEM

1105 4000KV Brushless Racing Motors

What's better than the Racer 130's carbon fibre "H" configured frame and 700TVL HD camera with 5.8G 40 channel transmission technology? Perhaps its powerful, competitive 1105 4000KV brushless drone racing motors. 4000KV represents the Racer 130's RPM, or the number of revolutions the motor will attempt to turn in 60 seconds when 1 kilovolt is applied, without any load attached to the motor. 4000KV represents a significantly high number. For instance, the GoolRC 210 racing drone sports 2300KV motors, and the Walkera Runner 250 PRO sports 2500KV motors. In that sense, 4000KV motors are unquestionably ideal for anyone wanting to experience true high speeds in the air. On disadvantage that beginner drone hobbyists should be warned of is the fact that, unlike other makes and models of racing drones, and despite its high speed, the Racer 130 comes with little to no protective guards around its motors. Beginners will want to proceed with caution. 
As discussed in previous posts, brushless motors tend to be more expensive, but because they also tend to be of greater quality, and tend to last long. Indeed, in contrast to brushed motors, brushless motors have no "brushes" that wear out. For the same reason, they also tend to require less repair and maintenance. In addition, brushless motors have a high efficiency rate (85% to 90%) than brushed motors (75% to 80%). Suffice to say that the Racer 130's motors are excellent, high-performance, quality drone racing motors. 

3" Dual Blade Propellers

The Racer 130's 1105-4000KV brushless motors propel 3" aerodynamic dual-blade drone racing propellers. Some drone hobbyists have debated whether dual-blade propellers are more performant than tri-blade propellers. Some have argued that tri-blade propellers offer a more stable flight, making them more suitable for aerial photography and filming drones carrying gimbals or any other payload. Others have argued that dual-blade propellers offer more speed, agility, and consume less battery energy than tri-blade propellers. These characteristics are said to make dual-blade propellers particularly ideal for drone racing. The true advantages and disadvantages of dual-blade versus triple-blade are hard to nail down. It may well come down to personal preference in relation to any one particular drone. While the Racer 130 comes with dual-blade propellers by default, tri-blade propellers inexpensive are readily available on the markets. 

DRONE RACING FIRMWARE

Naze32 Flight Controller

The Racer 130 FPV racing drone uses the latest, state-of-the-art (SoA), Japan-made, Naze32 flight controller. A flight controller is in a senses the drone's nerve centre or, brain. It controls all of the the drone's flight features and modes, including its LED lighting system. The Naze32 6D flight controller is a highly popular flight controller that offers a highly responsive drone flying/racing experience. The Naze32 flight controller is small (36mm x 36mm), compact, light (6g), and relatively inexpensive to replace. It is based on a 32-bit (STM32) processor running at 72MHz, and features a built-in micro USB input for for programming and firmware updates.

Transmitter-Receiver

The Racer 130 racing drone also uses state-of-the-art (SoA) receiver and transmitter technology, which ensures a clear, interference-free remote control signal, for a responsive, smooth flight. As its receiver, the Racer 130 drone adopts a black, compact (40mm x 21mm x 7mm), light-weight (6.4g), 6 channel, iA6 drone racing receiver. The receiver operates on the latest 2.4-2.48GHz frequency (160 band width number). 
As its transmitter, the Racer 130 racing drone adopts the iA6 drone racing transmitter. The i6 transmitter can easily be updated online, ensuring it reflects the very latest in drone transmitter technology. The i6 works on the 2.4GHz frequency range. When binded with the receiver, the iA6 is automatically assigned a unique transmitter ID. These features ensure a clear, interference-free transmission signal between the drone/receiver and remote controller/transmitter. for an optimum responsive drone flight/racing experience. 

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